Grey ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #63

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham
© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Finish the story begins with: “The only residents remaining in the small town of Miners Hill are spirits.”

On this cold, grey day, I stood on top of the hill as the rain started to pour. Thunder rumbled, accompanied by a slash of lightning which sparked the sky for an instant.

I felt totally jaded as I made my way up there. This used to be our playground. We all ran up and down until we were tired but satisfied. Ah, the joy of childhood memories.

Now, Miners Hill is like a ghost town, only spirits live here after a big fire burned most of our houses.

For: Grey ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #63 by Patrick Jennings

Healing ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #58


I have known shadowy delight
A crystal sea, tranquillity
The moon orbits around with glee

A place for all of us to share
Seven continents make it up
Oceans and seas are the line-up

With peaceful healing it’s my home
And the rest of men and beasts, too
Amazing world and the sky’s blue

Its forests, deserts and mountains
Savannah, tundra, swamps and hills
Marsh and others all parts of frills

And so to honour this great earth
We have to treat it kindly so
Respect it so we can all grow

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Healing ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #58 by Patrick Jennings

Creation ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #56


This is a model boat HMS Bounty that Him Indoors made. It took him a couple of years to build it, but his patience and creativity paid off. He worked on it meticulously, thought about ways to bend the wood, sewed the sails and all the other details. I admired him for it. It kept him busy, especially when the weather wasn’t good so he could work in the cellar. Well done, Him Indoors!

Two years ago, we gave him this kit for HMS Victory and he loved it. He started working on it. It’s a bigger project than the HMS Bounty but I’m sure he loves the challenge. He’s halfway there. Good luck, Him Indoors!

For: Creation ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #56 by Patrick Jennings

Withering ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #54


Juicy apples grow
The sun is brightly shining
Fun autumn weather

Withering flowers
Wind has caused yellow leaves fall
Nature is weary

Fountain shimmering
As we walk by the moonlight
Wind brushes the leaves

Sky flushes with gold
Feeling the chills in our bones
Didn’t want this to end

Autumn’s golden voice
Sing with song of fruits and flowers
Hills fled from our sight

For: Withering ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #54 by Patrick Jennings


Blue ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #53

sky3 sky1 sky4

Blue skies in town
Happy as a clown
Met my friend for lunch
Actually more like a brunch
Had sashimi and green tea
Small Japanese kiosk in the alley
That was delightful
Best one, not to be bashful
Walked around town
In easy fashion, slowdown
Pedestrian zone, no cars
Lots of bars and bazaars
Street scenes were fun
Was able to strike a bargain
Musicians, artists, vendors
Ladies met some bachelors
People walking, eating, smiling
Bonding, chuckling, biking, bumming
Sitting down, chatting, enjoying the sun
Pretended I bought a lottery ticket and won

For: Blue ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #53 by Patrick Jennings

Shadows ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #52

Spring with our shadows
Ladylee and Him Indoors
Winter with our shadows

Together we glow and grow
In mountains, seas and moors
Spring with our shadows

Things we care to know
Went through a lot of tours
Winter with our shadows

Sunshine, rain, wind and snow
Filling up and making our memoir
Spring with our shadows

We met thirty two years ago
Went through oceans and shores
Winter with our shadows

With health we’re aglow
You’re mine, I’m yours
Spring with our shadows
Winter with our shadows*

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

* A Villanelle is a nineteen-line poem consisting of a very specific rhyming scheme: aba aba aba aba aba abaa.

For: Shadow ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #52 by Patrick Jennings

Guardians in Siem Reap ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #51

Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world, with the site measuring 162.6 hectares. Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings. (Wikipedia)

For: Guardians ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #51 by Patrick Jennings. Also for: Tuesdays of Texture | Week 35 of 2016